As we witnessed from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and the
nuclear disaster in Fukushima, disasters can happen. There's no reason for
millions of Americans to remain needlessly at risk from dangerous chemicals
when safer alternatives exist.
Tell the President you support him using his authority to act now to
reduce the risk from chemical plants. We
need him to safeguard the safety and health of millions of Americans.
President Obama for
facilities that store or use large quantities of deadly chemicals have been
called “stationary weapons of mass
destruction.” EPA data indicate
there are 483 chemical facilities in the U.S. that each put 100,000 or more
people at risk of a chemical disaster. The Homeland Security Council estimated
that an attack on a chlorine gas facility would kill 17,500 people, seriously
injure 10,000 more people, and send an additional 100,000 people to the
it is possible to make chemical plants
inherently safer by reducing quantities of hazardous chemicals handled or
stored, substituting less hazardous chemicals for extremely hazardous ones, or
otherwise modifying them to reduce or eliminate chemical hazards.
fact, since 2001 more than 220 chemical facilities have switched to safer and
more secure chemical processes, eliminating these risks to 38.5 million people
in 47 states. In November 2009, the Clorox Company announced plans to convert
all of its U.S. facilities to eliminate the use of chlorine gas and inherent
risks to nearby communities. Unfortunately, hundreds of high-risk plants have
failed to convert.
he served in the U.S. Senate, President Obama was a leader on chemical disaster
prevention. On the Senate floor he said:
... by employing safer technologies, we can
reduce the attractiveness of chemical plants as a target...Each one of these
methods reduces the danger that chemical plants pose to our communities and
makes them less appealing targets for terrorists.
therefore respectfully urge President Obama to use his authority under the
Clean Air Act to direct the EPA to immediately issue new rules to eliminate the
unnecessary risks that chemical plants pose to millions of people. The use of
safer alternatives will not only prevent catastrophic accidents but will also
dramatically reduce the attractiveness of chemical plants as targets of